This convo pertains only to organic produce. Those organic chocolate chip cookies are a marketing scam and ya might as well spring for Tollhouse, mmk?
Organic means crops that are generally grown without synthetic pesticides (they can still use natural pesticides), artificial fertilizers, irradiation (a form of radiation used to kill bacteria), or biotechnology.
The World Health Organization has determined that glyphosate (the pesticide Roundup) is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” there is quiiiite a debate still raging about the level of health risks posed by the use of pesticides.
From my perspective, I’m usually working with people who give a sh*t about optimizing their health and may be coming to me with energy, health or toxicity struggles. So, shifting to more organic options makes sense based on those goals.
But if it comes down to eating conventional produce or nothing, well, that’s a no-brainer. Eat yer damn veggies, man.
I buy organic for the following reasons:
- Higher nutritional value due to the absence of pesticides
- Better taste
- Less impact on the environment (in one 15-year study organic farming used 50 percent less energy than conventional farming methods)
I also acknowledge that my access to fresh fruits and vegetables is a privilege that not everyone has. If you are in a food desert or tight on finances, buying organic may not be a high priority.
In that case I’ve listed the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen lists below – a catalog of fruits and vegetables with the highest and lowest amounts of pesticide residue. Do your best and nevaaaa stress about what you can’t control 😉
2018 DIRTY DOZEN (most likely to contain pesticide residue)
- Sweet bell peppers⠀⠀
2018 CLEAN FIFTEEN (least likely to contain pesticide residue)
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas frozen
- Honeydew melons